Amy M. Fankhauser
|Amy M. Fankhauser|
|Freehold Regional Board of Education, Howell|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|J.D.||Seton Hall University|
Fankhauser earned her J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law. She has worked as an attorney for the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services as well as a lawyer for a local school board. Fankhauser has three children including one son who currently attends district schools.
Fankhauser ran against fellow challenger James T. Truszkowski on November 5, 2013.
|Freehold Regional High School District, Howell Township, Three-year term, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Amy M. Fankhauser||70.6%||192|
|Nonpartisan||James T. Truszkowski||29.4%||80|
|Source: Monmouth County Clerk, "Election Information," accessed January 29, 2014|
Fankhauser reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Fankhauser received no endorsements during this election.
Fankhauser explained the major themes of her campaign on her website:
I believe the majority of education professionals also support merit pay because they have nothing to fear from it. They are well-trained, eminently competent professionals who would welcome salary increases they have earned, as well as the incentives that a merit based salary system includes.
Seniority rights for staff
I believe in the preservation of reasonable seniority rights provided they are connected to staff performance and quality educational services.
I believe merely rewarding someone for their staying power and not their meritorious length of service is outmoded. Likewise, being forced to promote, retain or rehire someone of lesser qualifications merely because they have seniority over a more qualified candidate is not in our children's best interests.
I believe in educational choice, whether it is your district public school, private secular school, private religious school, another district's public school, charter schools, vouchers, or homeschooling. Our State Constitution and education laws support a parent's right to choose what educational setting is best for his/her children.
I believe that competition based on choice benefits students by keeping everyone on top of his/her game, with professional development, creative learning opportunities, and keeping abreast of technological advances.
I believe in the instructional autonomy of our teachers and in giving staff the training, resources and support they need to give students the best educational advantage possible, within the confines of our taxpayers' ability to pay.
I believe in leadership that has the philosophical approach to its staff that says, "What can I do to help you help your students?"
I believe in establishing and supporting policies that foster that philosophical belief.
I do not believe in standardized assessments, but I understand that the State mandates them and I will support those mandates.
I believe there is too much of an emphasis on mastering the standards than on acquiring knowledge, and especially on acquiring the skill of learning how to acquire knowledge on your own - those critical thinking skills that are fundamental to college or career readiness, and that grow and evolve with use, unlike the standards themselves.
I believe young people today are in a different world than the one we grew up in. For us, there was a promise of a job waiting when we completed college or vocational training, and in some cases when we simply possessed a high school diploma. That promise does not exist for young people today. There is great uncertainty about the future and where the jobs will be. However, there will always be a job waiting for a student who possesses higher order thinking skills - logic and creativity - along with a solid academic background. We need to be educating our young people to be thinkers, getting to the answers themselves, even in different ways, not just getting to "the answer."
I believe we need to create an environment for staff that encourages that type of education, and not "clip their wings" in order to meet state imposed standards.
I believe we fail the students when we tell our staff to prepare young people for the 21st century, but tie them to 19th and 20th century techniques determined by "the test.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
About the district
Monmouth County outperformed state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 6.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Monmouth County's median income at $83,842 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (39.6%) is below the state average (35%).
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Monmouth County (%)||New Jersey (%)|
|Black or African American||7.7||14.7|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3||0.6|
|Two or More Races||1.6||1.9|
|Hispanic or Latino||10||18.5|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- New Jersey
- Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey
- Freehold Regional High School District elections (2013)
- Amy Fankhauser for FHRSD BOE, "Biography," accessed November 19, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 20, 2013
- Amy Fankhauser for FRHSD BOE, "Why Am I Running," accessed November 19, 2013
- Tri-Town News, " Fankhauser, Truszkowski vie for Howell seat on board," October 31, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Monmouth County," accessed November 19, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.